Rough And Tumble
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  1. Majin-Wolf

    Poor ol KIng!! ^-^

    • Evil-Dog

      i think pete is either testing him or trying to teach him a lesson

      • Kamron

        Pete’s trying to kill King and also the gravy is made of poison.

      • Majin-Wolf

        Nah Pete is just a mean jerk a, bird who just loves to pick on the poor mortals. Yup I think what he needs is a hug.

        I wonder what will happen if King or somebody took a snap shot of Pete by an ancient Polaroid camera will it reveal his true form.? 0.0

  2. psychoJoker36

    Gotta think before you act there King

    • Thoth

      Now that really would be a change. I don’t think he’s ever done that yet when he was under any kind of pressure.

      • Argent Stonecutter


      • psychoJoker36

        “Quick, Start the car!”

        “I’m gonna have to ask you to step out of the car, sir”

  3. iZander

    King is so cute in the third panel.

    • Filiocht

      May I be the first to say, D’awww…

      • mlawky

        When is King not cute?

    • AdriGummi

      King is cute always ^^

      • JOFOXX

        Aww King. You’ll figure something out.

    • Dr. Prower

      King is adorable

    • Lutrinae

      -fanboy squeal-

  4. Elijah_Blu

    Short dog can’t reach such high desks!

    • Lycanthromancer

      Maybe, just maaaaybe, he was trying to reach the stairs? He can’t fit the phone through the bars, but he can smash the cage open by pushing himself down the stairs.

      He’s going to have a broken leg after this, I just know it. Even if that wasn’t his original plan. Those stairs are looking mighty fall-worthy, if you ask me.

      • FuRrY321

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Pete was waiting at the bottom of those stairs. Then, instead of putting King back in the cage, he says something like, “good, now come with me, I need you for something” and then they’re off.

        • Firewing

          Your assuption sounds the most likly to happen, since we all know Pete so well, and he IS a jerk after all..

          You are a Genius for thinking of this, FuRrY.
          You Deserve the internet, if Rick passes it up. (Doubt it.)

          • FuRrY321

            It’s okay, “internet” in that usage is not a proper noun, anyway :]

          • FuRrY321

            Or maybe I didn’t think that through before posting?
            Some “Genius” I turned out to be…

      • icarus

        that’s what i was wondering. how is he going to get the phone through the cage wire? he can’t reach his paw out.

      • Elijah_Blu

        Weeeeellll. Rsvp would be to notify someone you were coming, so maybe, just maayyyybe, he was going to call fox?

  5. IceKitsune

    Oh man King is absolutely adorable in that third panel

    • 2MK

      He’s not adorable, he’s thinking.

      • Dr. Prower

        You can think and be adorable at the same time.

        • Argent Stonecutter

          And a good thing too. Jo..King is MUCH better at being adorable than he is at thinking!

  6. yoyodude

    How’s he gonna get the phone?

    • Snowmon

      Phone cord, Human ingenuity and a stairwell to fall down when all else fails.

  7. Teh Brawler

    One word:

    • ReCreate

      You mean squee?

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        No I think he means the alt text refering to how King apparently had food and water in there and seems surprised that the kibble does make its own gravy. Given his former human Joel side, the idea that he’s going to eat it is a little wierd. Of course he is physically a dog and he did eat some on screen before and claimed to actually like it so your mileage may vary.

        Still not as bad as Mel Gibson eating some in the Road Warrior (Mad Max 2)

        • Dr. Prower

          As if dry dog food didn’t taste bad enough…

          • Dr. Prower

            I know, I’m just saying, dog foog gravy…wow…
            I will never understands the taste buds of dog tongues.

          • Dr. Prower

            wrong spot lol

        • Liolo

          I didn’t get the impression he was going to eat it… More like his water and kibble spilled everywhere, and there’s now a soupy mess of gravy and soggy dog food all over his crate.

          • Elwood Blutarsky

            He’s a dog, it’ll get eaten if his canine side is anything like any real canines I’ve ever known

  8. Snowmon

    Why does Pete have a house phone?
    I’m a mortal being with friends and family that call me on my cell.
    The only people that called my house phone where telemarketers.
    Pete’s well… not.

    Who’d call him?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      Telemarketers? Co-workers if he has a job? NORAD?

    • thewhitedragon

      to order pizza of course.

    • chrisQ

      …not only that Pete seems to have a terrestrial line – but the phone is not even a touch-tone phone… just goes to show that supernatural beings are inherently conservative… :) )

      • FuRrY321

        That or Pete put that rotary phone there so King wouldn’t be able to dial anybody in time (in time for what I don’t know… Pete getting back, maybe?)

        • Largo

          Could be a touch-tone phone designed to look like a rotary phone

        • ilikepie

          I know rotary phones have been out of style for ages, but are there seriously people whose IQ and age sum to over 100 who, when faced with a rotary phone, would pick up the receiver, freeze, and go “WTF am I supposed to do now?”

          • Snowmon


          • FuRrY321

            Not me. My fingers would probably slip a few times, but at least I know how to use it.

    • Argent Stonecutter

      He’s gotta call the vet to make appointments for King.

    • Dr. Prower

      Let’s just hope he doesn’t have to “press one now”

    • Lupin the Vapour

      Cthulhu. Also Elvis. All immortal being of unimaginable power and fashion.

  9. namelessone

    If at first you don’t succeed, just try again and again. Out of curiosity how does he plan on reaching the phone through the cage?

  10. JesusWasAGamer

    It’s pretty funny how everyone’s forgotten that King is a middle aged man.

    • ReCreate

      incorrect! Was. Though he likely still has the intelligence of one. :P

      • Thoth

        Not that he was particularly swift on the uptake as a human either.

    • Snowmon

      Can ya blame them he’s so cute… you know, well… as a dog… & um stuff.

    • Thallis

      Is he? I thought he was relatively young in the peta arc.

    • Mukavich

      That’s because King is a dog, and always has been. Joel is the one that was a middle aged man. And King is awesome. As a dog, I mean.

      • Rambuctorium

        ur WRONG!
        go look it up and you’ll see

        • Mukavich

          It’s a matter of perspective. Unless Joel’s last name was king… Or something. I guess that would make sense.

          In any case, you could say that Joel and King are two different entities. When Joel became King, he ceased to be Joel… Or something. Ain’t that a fun thought?

          • mlawky

            I didn’t like him as a human, but he is super cute as a dog. His mind wasn’t changed (much) when became King, but he began to change over time. He wasn’t a likable character in the beginning, but he quickly became my favorite character in the comic.

      • Argent Stonecutter

        If changing your name changes who you are, there’s something really wrong with the institution of marriage.

        • FuRrY321

          Unless the female party involved doesn’t change her surname. Then there can be two instances, where it’s either very confusing (original surnames), or people think her surname is actually your surname (you change your surname to match hers).
          This is just a generalization, but you can sometimes tell how the marriage started out by looking at the surnames. If they are the same, you don’t really know if it’s the groom’s or the bride’s that was taken, but if they’re different, you know right away that they’re either lying about being married, or they couldn’t agree which name to take.

          • Argent Stonecutter

            Or sometimes they both change their names. Or they use another name for professional reasons.

            What’s the point?

            Point is, he’s still Joel, even if he’s King.

    • HonorèDerazey

      I always thought of him as being around his late 20’s. Then again, I could be wrong judging by my past perceptions on Rick’s age.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        I thought he was in his 20s too.

        Given how the “Sinister Shadow” arc turned out it’s weird to see that character so popular now, it looked like Joel was being set up as a possibly recurring villian for the pets. Good fake out.

        • Thoth

          Why? He was confused but protesting when the activities turned illegal. Being (extremely) easily led doesn’t really make you bad person. Just one it’s really easy to take advantage of.

        • AdriGummi

          I agree with Thoth. Joel looked more a confused guy than a really evil one. I don’t see true evilness into him

    • Argent Stonecutter

      Some people turn about 45 inside as soon as they get out of high school. Others are 16 inside even when they’re 70. Joel seemed like a bit of a Peter Pan to me.

    • AdriGummi

      I’m also one of those who think that he’s in his late 20’s… I would say better “Young adult”.

      • Thoth

        Well, old enough to have been in college, to have worked for the ASPCA, to have spent some time in jail, and then to have joined PETA without checking on what it actually did because they were the only pets rights group that would let him join without a background check.

        • AdriGummi

          Precisely in his late 20’s he has had time to do those things after college. Could perfectly be. At least for me, when he was human he didn’t look older than 30.

          • Thoth

            Not much of a bracket unfortunately. After all, he could have been working for the ASPCA as a side job while in his first semester of college, where he (say) committed assault and battery on someone who was abusing a pet, got a six-week sentence (with half of that being time served), and joined PETA without investigating it a week later.

            That’s pretty unlikely, but it could get his known history out of the way before he was twenty.

            Personally, I’d agree – he certainly struck me as mid-to-late 20’s as a human both on appearance and behaviorial factors – but actual humans are hard enough to judge, much less characters in a webcomic.

            There’s a more extensive file in the Character Dossier’s thread (which I must get back to updating now that I have more time). It’s over here:

  11. Mukavich

    Don’t go down the stairs! I’ve done that before in a kennel. Not fun!

    • HonorèDerazey

      You where… in a kennel? That’s very… interesting…

    • Gaboris

      Ouch, now how did that happen? :O

      • Mukavich

        I was 10, and Dad took it into his head that it would be fun to stick his son in a kennel and leave him there. Even with thumbs, it’s still a pain in the butt to open a kennel from the inside. Come to think of it, it was pretty entertaining, until my idiot brother decided to push me around. Being in a kennel is a very compromising position… lol

        • HonorèDerazey

          Oooh ok. That explains it.

          If you take away the pain and the possible chance of a head injury, I imagine it was quite fun.

        • gaboris

          So your dad just has a wierd sense of humor or was there somethin more?
          Yeah bros are like that when ya can’t protect yerself… still it could have been fun. X3

        • WingedWolfGirl


          Interesting story! :D

    • Shinmera

      I told you dog, I TOLD YOU about stairs!!!

    • Dr. Prower

      Can I be in a kennel too?

    • Auzzo

      I feel your pain; I’ve been in a Kennel for an hour, since My sister HAD to push down the stairs while I’m in a Kennel.

  12. HonorèDerazey

    I predict avatars of King on the third panel in the near future…

    • Mukavich

      Already done.

      • HonorèDerazey

        I KNEW IT!!!!!!!!

        • Phonti

          —Oh Wait.

          • Dr. Prower

            There’s no time to wait!
            There’s no time to waste!
            For we are very late,
            for a very important date!

    • Salenstormwing

      Well panel 3 is just an awesomely cute picture of King though. That look is straight out of MacGuyver or Mythbusters or the A-Team.

      • Dr. Prower

        King the Mythbuster!

        • Argent Stonecutter

          Jamie: “Today we’re going to see if you can really survive going over Niagara Falls in a barrel.”
          Adam: “Unfortunately, neither Jamie nor I fit in this specially padded barrel we devised.”
          King: “No, guys, not again, hey! Leggo!”

          • Dr. Prower

            They’d never do that to King. Going over the falls is Buster’s job!

          • Argent Stonecutter

            They never had a short furry stuntman before.

          • Salenstormwing

            Well, I’d watch the show, although maybe they’d just have zombie dog around to go over the waterfall instead. Like when Karey made Zombie Dog to get crushed by a frozen turkey.

      • Elwood Blutarsky

        In 2009 a PETA member was set to jail for a crime he did commit. He promptly escaped from a low security courthouse. Today still wanted by local law enforcement he survives as a dog in the Babylon Gardens community. When you’re in need of a side character getting way too popular, when no one else will do, you’re looking for a strip with King.

  13. metaecho

    Beware of the gravy…

    • Dr. Prower

      Kibble with gravy smells gross.

  14. Gaboris

    I can just hear the music of the good ol’ Mission impossible series in my head… until it turned to the comical failure sound of the old times. X3
    I think we all wanna know how’s he trying to use the phone for anythin, or how does he plan to survive jumping down the stairs?
    BTW what’s RSVP, I looked it up, but can’t get how’s it used here… Ideas? Oh and what the heck is kibble?!?

    • Elwood Blutarsky

      It’s another word for dog food, usually the dry kind.

      • gaboris

        Got it thx. :)

        • WolvenPaw

          Gaboris my friend you are so delightfully confused X3

          • Gaboris

            Yeah that’s my distinguishing mark, where ever I go. X3
            But hay how should’ve I known that if I’m not english? XD

    • IceKitsune

      RSVP means Répondez s’il vous plaît its a French phase that basicly translate as Please Reply its used by parties to make sure people are coming. He’s going to try to call Fox to get him to come over and let him out.

      • gaboris

        Yeah found that one as well, just didn’ know how to place it here, but after thinkin a bit more… well after a few hours being awake helped since at 7am after 5 mins of booting my brain is not at it’s top spin ya know. XD
        Thx for the help. ;)

    • falcon01

      hehe glad I wasn’t the only one to think of the Mission Impossible theme…TV one of course!

      • gaboris

        Yeah awesome right? X3

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  16. motocikl

    I think what they did to you was unfair and poor customer service

  17. rWolf1991

    Ya that’s right king you can do it!!!

  18. Phonti

    Ya’ know I have one of those old dialing phones too, it’s green and it’s really neat. Anyway, how is King going to pull this off? And who is he gonna call!?

    • Argent Stonecutter

      I noticed that it was a retro phone too… and wondered “is that really a phone, or just a prop? Why would Pete need an actual working phone?” But I guess Pete has to call the vet to arrange appointments and stuff…

    • icarus


      (sorry, it had to be done)

      • Phonti

        I was hoping that someone would catch my set-up! :D

  19. CamKitty

    Rick is very quickly losing any support he had before all this

    • Manic

      I have to be honest, your comment is confusing. What did you mean “losing support”? I don’t see anything offensive about this arc.

    • Dr. Prower

      Rick has my support even more now.

  20. BlueAnubis

    Great, now he’s going to have to deal with wet dog smell all night.

  21. pet_panda

    this is a noobish question….but what is alt text?

    • Inu225

      Put your pointer on the comic and an alternate text will pop up.
      It’s just a comment that Rick adds to nearly all the comics on this site.

      • Residentfriendly

        Seriously? Oo

        never knew that… Gonna go back and check it put haha

  22. Ada

    Panel 3! <3 <3 <3

  23. Inu225

    Who the heck still uses telephones with rotary dialing anyway?
    I find it rather inconvenient as oppose to touch tone dialing.
    I guess Pete is that old fashion.

    • Valerio

      being a millennial-old creature does that to you, I guess ;)

    • Shadow Wolf X7

      Hey, old phones are awesome. You all like older cars, why not settle with new cars with all the fancy digital dashboards and stuff, hmm? You can’t beat the classics. ;)

      • FuRrY321

        I like older cars?

        Since when? :)

        I’m sorry, but the muscle cars (and music) from now 30 years ago just don’t appeal to me. You won’t catch me driving anything older than a year 2000 model for My First Car.

  24. AdriGummi

    Come on, King! You CAN DO IT!!!

    • petitcake

      Go, King, GO!

      • Dr. Prower

        King has cheerleaders now lol

        • AdriGummi

          As long as I don’t have to carry a pair of pompoms… XD

  25. MalixDexide

    I’m used to those rotatory telephones. We don’t have them, but I’ve seen them all the time in ‘Calvin and Hobbes’ for Pete’s sake! (Pun intended)

    • Dr. Prower


    • Argent Stonecutter

      I remember the first time my kids saw a dial telephone. They thought it was cool.

      • FuRrY321

        And then they tried dialing with one of those, and they quickly lost interest.
        Well, depends on how old your kids were at the time, I guess…

    • Husqi

      Please press the pound key…

    • SamBlob

      *removes earpiece from lever, holds earpiece to ear and talks into mouthpiece* “Operator, get me PEnnsylvania-65000 please.”

  26. FerreTrip

    Oh, dear…But now the question is, how will he dial it from there?

    (And about time I could comment on this comic! X3; )

  27. Dr. Prower

    1st panel King = Awwww…

  28. Quiran

    now with all the water in his fur, he’d be smelly,
    wondering if King is going to mention it, since he was Joel first and hated pets.

    so smelly fur would be something he would hate, at least mention that wet dog stinks.

  29. Ace

    Wow, a rotary phone. And a rotary King.

  30. Tom

    King seems to be a decent escape artist. But doesn’t seem to plan everything out before he tries it. Also I hope he never goes back to being human. He seems to be happier as a dog than a human, at-least as a dog he has friends.

  31. Just-This-Guy

    Did anyone else notice those stairs RIGHT next to the phone?

    • FuRrY321

      It’s so King can look around and suddenly see Pete’s head just staring at him through the railing… ‘O.O’

  32. Sourkraut

    I did indeed notice. i suspect classic stairway hijinx

  33. Duez

    Hehe, well I give him an A for effort! Oh well, all that soft fur will just soak it up or something. XD

  34. WingedWolfGirl

    He will be committing… Another, jail break? :D

    • Thoth

      His first I think. He may be wanted for escape, but that’s simply because the police don’t know that he was kidnapped by Pete.

  35. Corodan

    Love how y’all immediately switch King avatars as soon as possible.

    • Tom

      Its because King is awesome!

  36. Residentfriendly

    Lol I didn’t see the cage in the 7 and 8 panel the first time… Thought he fell off the stair lol

  37. Noir The Sable

    I forsee an abrupt ride down a flight of stairs…

    • FuRrY321

      Have a nice flight! :P

      • Manic

        Going out with a bang?

  38. AlteriorWriter

    I absolutely adore his thinking face here~

  39. Kaitlyn

    Precisely in his late 20’s he has had time to do those things after college. Could perfectly be. At least for me, when he was human he didn’t look older than 30.

  40. Argent Stonecutter

    Why would they feed pets in bowls in the Housepets universe anyway?

    • Thoth

      Well, based on a quick glance through the archives…

      Pet bowls mostly appeared fairly early on; Peanut and Grape had them in “when negotiations break down”. They were also shown eating something unidentified from labeled bowls with spoons (while discussing Peanuts “Spot” cartoons) later on; that could have been anything from kibble to cereal. Pet bowls also made appearances at the dog party – although that could be taken to indicate that the pets aren’t usually allowed to take the good plates and silverware out of the house. Alternatively, pet bowls may fall into the same category as the unbreakable plastic bowls that a lot of human kids get handed.

      Kibble and dog biscuits mostly make appearances at the dog parties and were referenced by the raccoons. We’ve also seen Grape and Peanut pushing for better quality kibble. I’d speculate that kibble gets kept around in the Housepets universe in roughly the same way that peanut butter gets kept around in ours; it’s cheap, it’s handy, and the kids/pets will always eat it. Other than that, kibble hasn’t turned up too much – except in connection with Pete and King.

      Now, for “human style” food and drink, we’ve had:
      An assortment of animals drinking various liquids, both hot, cold, and indeterminate, from cups and mugs. That’s included Grape, Peanut, Joey (from what looks like a foam cup labeled “I can’t believe it’s not chocolate”), Fox (being given a hot drink by the Police Dogs), and Miles (perhaps an odd act for a feral). Personally I’d suspect that a muzzle would make drinking from a cup a bit problematic, but Fox – in the one incidence I can recall showing one of the canines actually in the act of drinking – seems to manage readily. I’d guess that their faces and lips are far more flexible than an actual animals, which would fit with their far greater expressiveness.
      Bino, Max, Peanut, Grape, Tarot, and Ferrets all having popcorn from suitable tubs and bowls.
      The zoo foxes with a coffee maker (possibly not to be taken too seriously).
      Grape and Peanut eating thanksgiving dinner at the table with the Sandwiches.
      Grape and Peanut making rootbeer floats.
      Rex baking cookies.
      Tiger eating cookies and pizza.
      Various animals collecting assorted Halloween treats.
      Peanut getting a lollipop from a bowl of candy at the vets.
      Peanut and Grape each getting one drink and one snack at a convenience store during the trip to the farm.
      What could be plates, trays, or trash-can lids, with silverware at the “feline restaurant”.
      Ferrets drinking canned orange soda and soda through a straw at their private theater.
      The wolves serving (raw) meat on plates and with silverware at their garden party.
      Tiger (accidently) eating a giant marshmallow.
      Fox and King eating ice cream.

      Offhand, I’d say that the strip has mostly drifted away from pet bowls – to the point where the fact that King is being fed that way can be used to draw a contrast between the way that he’s being treated and the way that many of the other pets are being treated.

  41. Mika

    I dont see how that is going to work for him…

    BTW, housepets newb here! just caught up with the comic today! King is totally one of my favorite characters, him and Sasha.

    • Gaboris

      Hoy newcomer, welcome to the club. :D
      Most ppl love those two the best so no wonder there. The real question is: Are ya a KingXSasha shipper or not? (So do ya wish King and Sasha to be together or not?) X3

      • Mika

        As a matter of fact yes, i think they’re perfect for each other!

        • Gaboris

          Oh great another one. XD
          Let’s hope we won’t have to argue aboot this ever. X3

      • Mika

        BTW, hes sooo about to go for a ride down those stairs…

      • mlawky

        I actually want King and Fox to get together, but that is probably not going to happen. :P

        • Gaboris

          That’s so nasty man. XD

          • Gaboris

            Or let me correct myself, hope I was wrong and ye’re not a guy. XD

          • mlawky

            Like I said, its probably not going to happen, mainly because its very controversial. (and yes I am a guy, got a problem with that?)

        • Mika

          probably not…

  42. Kitch

    Haha, King’s all wet. xD

    • Mystery Penguin

      Did you intend that pun?

  43. Yokashima

    I like seeing King more. He’s really cute. :P